Tech entrepreneurs opening Seattle NFT Museum to showcase digital artform in a physical space

Artwork lovers interested by what to make of the craze round NFTs and the push to gather such digital property could have a physical museum to go to in Seattle to acquire a higher appreciation for the phenomenon.

The Seattle NFT Museum, opening Jan. 14, is being billed as the primary museum devoted to the rising artform in the Pacific Northwest, and can showcase artists and function a gathering space for fanatics and collectors.

SNFTM — not to be confused with SAM or the previous EMP or every other arty acronym — was based by Seattle entrepreneurs Jennifer Wong and Peter Hamilton. The tech veterans are lively in the enterprise and startup group and beforehand labored collectively on the advertising firm Tune.

Wong is now the top of sustainability on the digital freight startup Convoy in addition to an adjunct professor on the College of Washington. Hamilton, the previous CEO at Tune, is now the top of commerce on the streaming tv platform Roku.

Wong informed GeekWire that digital fluency in Seattle is larger than in many locations and there’s a sturdy NFT fanatic base in search of extra methods to share artwork and construct relationships.

“There may be additionally a increase in curiosity throughout most people,” Wong stated. “The Seattle NFT Museum is approachable for anybody who has heard the time period NFT and desires to be taught a little extra.”

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are digital certificates of possession which can be recorded as a part of a blockchain computing community and have sparked a frenzy amongst collectors and cryptocurrency fanatics. Every little thing from random web memes to severe digital paintings can being assigned distinctive digital authenticity — and bought for breathtaking sums.

It’s hoped that having an precise brick-and-mortar location places a additional increase into the medium in Seattle. Wong referred to as inspiration, training, and group the three main objectives of the devoted space, and stated components of all three are lacking from digital boards and platforms the place NFTs are actually primarily showcased.  

‘As highly effective as on-line communities have change into, there’s little substitute for artwork, standing subsequent to one other individual.’

The museum, positioned at 2125 First Ave. in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, will characteristic greater than 30 prime quality screens for displaying digital artwork. The museum web site calls the standard of the shows “the muse of this immersive gallery” and artwork that’s on show lives on the blockchain and is introduced on mortgage from artists, creators, galleries, and collectors.

The transfer to a physical gallery is an fascinating twist in contrast to the route taken by Seattle-based Phosphene, which was launched as an online portal of kinds in Could by tech veteran Artwork Min and Kirsten Anderson, proprietor of Roq La Rue gallery.

“The constancy and measurement of shows make space for inspiration that smartphone scrolling can’t present,” Wong stated. “As highly effective as on-line communities have change into, there’s little substitute for artwork, standing subsequent to one other individual. We want each worlds, and we all know there shall be so many alternatives to bridge the metaverse with physical experiences in the longer term.” 

The objective is to make NFTs extra accessible, convey publicity to digital artwork and artists and assist folks perceive how to interpret the artform.

Wong is working straight with artists, curating for the museum’s opening show. Hamilton is managing Discord and collector communities. The 2 name it a enjoyable ardour challenge, however they may need assistance and are at present hiring for administration, curation, group administration, and IT roles.

As well as to the show of artwork, Seattle NFT Museum may even be obtainable for NFT minting occasions, workforce off-sites, conferences, fundraisers, vacation events, photoshoots and extra.

Listed here are artists and collections that shall be initially featured by SNFTM:

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